It was the maiden voyage on the RTM Abaco so was hoping for a nice easy launch so i could get used to the feel of the kayak..... not today!
This was it... the first go on the Abaco and i was throwing it in the deep end! Sam gave the shout and we were off, sliding the kayaks down the beach into the water and jumping onboard.... I didn't have much time to get i a feel for the kayak i just paddled before any of the bigger swells arrived! All went well and we joined matt at the back of the cove. We paddled down the coast to locate some reefs and i loved every minute of it The Abaco felt very stable and seemed to glide through the water with ease. Its hard to compare it to my previous kayak until i paddle it on flat water but first impressions are very good.
We started fishing with soft plastics in the hope of finding a hungry bass or two before moving offshore to target the pollack in deeper water. I was using a Major Craft Zaltz 10-35g matched with a Daiwa 2508D Match reel loaded with 20lb Berkeley Big Game Braid - having only caught wrasse and pollack up to around 4lb on this set up i was hoping a larger quarry would test it to the limits to see what it could handle but not a bite, nibble or knock came my way. Maybe the pollack would play game?
Anyhow it was a lovely paddle on my new kayak with great company in fantastic weather. I will definitely be returning to find the pollack which proved so elusive this time round. For my first time paddling the Abaco i was very impressed, it handled the swell with ease, was very stable and seemed easier and faster to paddle than my previous kayak. I need to get it out in the wind and chop to see how it fares then before making any conclusions but so far so good. Hopefully next trip i will christen it with a fish and start racking up some points for Kayak Wars! See you on the water - Liam